ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Services across Greece shut down Wednesday as unions staged a 24-hour general strike and held peaceful demonstrations to protest further austerity cuts in the cash-strapped country.
The strike disrupted public transport, halted ferry and train services, shut down courts and state-run schools, and left state hospitals and the ambulance service functioning with emergency staff.
Dozens of flights were canceled or rescheduled as air traffic controllers walked off the job for three hours in support of the labor action.
In Athens, two separate protest marches to Parliament were poorly attended due to driving rain, with a total of 12,000 people, mostly Communist party supporters, shouting anti-austerity slogans.
Up to 10,000 protesters held two separate demonstrations in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest.
The strike is taking place as the government holds talks with debt inspectors from the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission, known collectively as the troika, over what measures are needed to plug a budget gap next year.